13455782“He shifts and my eyes shatter into thousands of pieces that ricochet around the room, capturing a million snapshots, a million moments in time. Flickering images faded with age, frozen thoughts hovering precariously in dead space, a whirlwind of memories that slice through my soul.”

What is this book about?

You enter a dystopia of yet unknown origins and zoom in on a girl. You meet Juliette, a 17 year old who’s awfully pretty but has a deadly secret. She can’t touch people. When she touches people they die. So Juliette has been locked up for 264 days and she hasn’t touched anyone in all that time, but then a boy – handsome and moody – enters her cell and turns her entire world upside down.

Why is it boring?

I try to be mostly positive in these reviews, but Shatter Me broke me. This book reads like it was written with a checklist for YA dystopian fiction. Hot young girl, check. Hot young boy, check. Love triangle with another hot boy, check. Girl will be the savior of the world, check. There is simply nothing new or interesting about the premise. The girl’s powers are reminiscent of X-men’s Rogue, but without the kick-ass attitude and crazy country accent and the hunky boys stuck in the love triangle are such dullards that I can’t imagine anyone falling for them.

Who would you recommend it to?

Although this wasn’t my cup of tea, this book could totally be yours. It seems like a love it or hate it kind of deal. People who do seem to love it are teenage girls, people who devour anything that is labelled YA and Romancers. This book is not as much a dystopian action story as it is a romance about a teenage girl and her two teenage boy admirers. Of course there are some strange powers at hand, but that mostly takes a backseat to all the lovey dovey crap. It’s also trying to be pretty sexy, keeping in mind that it is a book for teens, so read this if you are looking for a tamed down version of 50 Shades of Grey. It won’t make you nearly as uncomfortable reading this in public.

Why should I read it if it’s boring?!

It’s a very easy read. If you are looking for a book to whisk you away into fairy tale romance land where thinking is definitely unnecessary, Juliette is your girl. If not, I advise you to keep browsing those YA stacks for something a bit more substantial. What I disliked most about Shatter Me was how insanely helpless, but horny Juliette was. Most of the book is spent on either her crying because she thinks she’s crazy, or on her almost attacking any man that comes into her way with her lustful eyes. Another characteristics of the book is the flowery prose (see quote) that is so damn purple it turned fuchsia with a dash of hot pink. Mafi takes about half a page to describe a tear falling down Juliette’s cheek and keeping in mind that the book is barely 300 pages, that means not a lot of time is spent on actual story or character development. And don’t even get me started on the two hunks that we need to supposedly swoon over. Warner is the generic bad guy that Juliette needs to fall for, but he’s so over the top evil that it seems impossible to redeem him. Adam is the complete opposite of this, trying to come across as almost angelic, before giving him an evil streak as well. What is it with girls being this into guys who want to treat them like crap or own them as property? Whatever it is, it sells really well, as there are four more books to this series.

Rating: 1/5


Esmée de Heer is head honcho over at the Bored to Death book club website, writing the daily content and making sure the site stays up and running. She's one of the founding sisters of the book club and enjoys reading and giving unsolicited love advice.

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